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Wintertime Braised Beef Stew

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 2 hours

Makes

8 servings (2 quarts)

This easy beef stew is incredibly rich. Since it's even better a day or two later, you may want to make a double batch. —Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills, California

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak or chuck roast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup dry red wine or reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons red currant jelly
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 fresh oregano sprigs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Toss beef with flour and steak seasoning.
  2. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Brown beef in batches; remove with a slotted spoon.
  3. In same pan, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, parsnips and carrots; cook and stir until onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, wine, jelly, bay leaves, oregano and beef; bring to a boil.
  4. Bake, covered, 1-1/2 hours. Stir in beans; bake, covered, until beef and vegetables are tender, 30-40 minutes longer. Remove bay leaves and oregano sprigs. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Can you freeze Wintertime Braised Beef Stew?

Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add a little broth or water if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 310 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 373mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.